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vol. 53 | winter 2012





For Alumni, Parents, Students, and Friends of Marquette University High School

Becoming men for others: Tim Williams ’86, Joe Gietl ’02, Abe Pinon ’01

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Victoria Temple Bonesho Mary Therese Breger Tom Bross ’49 Rev. Mark Carr, SJ Dan Erschen The Fox Company Bob Herman ’85 Keith Klestinski Rev. Thomas Manahan, SJ Jeffrey Mazurczak ’82 Jim Ninomiya Rev. Warren Sazama, SJ ’64 Kristen Scheuing

In this issue

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Shared lessons in friendship – Coach Paul Noack and Kevin Keyes ’86 Soup to Nuts Renovations in Cafeteria and Kitchen Deliver Fresh Space and Healthy Meals Becoming men for others: Tim Willaims ’86, Joe Gietl ’02, Abe Pinon ’01 MUHS alumni make history in African football game Then & Now: Lunchtime!

Kriss Schulz Noah Simmons ’13 Christopher Sosnay ’94 Beth Spelman John Thimmesch ’77

In every issue

VIP Photography Susie Weber

As always, we appreciate hearing from you and welcome your updates, contributions, input, comments, and suggestions. Please email the editor at or send your feedback to us at 3401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208 MUHS Magazine is published two times per year and is offered free of charge to alumni, parents, students and friends, courtesy of Marquette University High School. Information in this publication is presented in good faith. Although copyright is vested with Marquette University High School, permission is hereby granted for the contents of MUHS Magazine to be reproduced for noncommercial purposes provided the source is acknowledged.

ab o ut th e c o v e r These words typify the qualities that MUHS seeks to instill in its students. Tim Williams ’86, Joe Gietl ’02, and Abe Pinon ’01 traveled different paths to arrive at MUHS, but all left as men for others. For the full story, please go to page 20.

Stanley Obiora ’12 plays catch with his new friend. Read more in Hilltoppers work to tackle autism on page 12. (Photo courtesy of Beth Spelman.)

With stopwatch in hand, Dean of Students Casey Kowalewski (Alex Berger ’12) keeps daily announcements timely as Bob Herman (Eddie Linn ’12), Warren Smith (Rudy Berg ’12), and student Adam Crivello ’12 (Gordon”Ben” Mellin ’12) share important news with the MUHS community during the Senior Follies performance Ochocuatro.

4 President’s Message 5 MUHS Today

10 Sports

15 Behind the Scenes

24 Alumni Update


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“Building on Our Strength” Dear Friends, Marquette University High School is in a great position right now. Our Catholic, Jesuit Mission is strong. Our students have a positive experience. Parents want to send their sons to MUHS and students want to come. Our applications continue to be very strong. For the sixth year in a row we will average more than 500 applicants for 280 spots. Our school is financially strong as we continue to balance our budget.

Rev. Warren Sazama, SJ ’64

Presiden t’ s M e s sag e

We completed a major capital campaign in 2008 raising more than $22 million for major building renovations and increased endowment. This included adding four new teaching positions (in Spanish, math, science, and social studies) from income from our newly created $5 million Mission Endowment which, in turn, lowered our average class size to less than 22. Over the past year we raised an additional $1.5 million for a major kitchen/cafeteria renovation which enabled a new food service provider to come aboard and focus on preparing nutritious food options for our students. Our annual fundraising is also going well which allows us to keep our tuition at only 65% of cost. We are proud of our excellent, college-prep academics, diversity, and education of the whole person through wonderful retreats, service projects, and school Masses. So where do we go from here? Our Board of Directors wisely called us to a strategic planning process, chaired by Board Member Jim O’Rourke ’80, to answer that question. Clearly to “rest on our laurels” would not be prudent since organizations that do not grow stagnate. We embarked on a year-long strategic planning process that culminated in the strategic plan approved by our Board of Directors at our October Board meeting. We thought an apt name for it would be Building on Our Strength, since that is what we are doing. Our principal, Jeff Monday ’84, elaborates on the academic, co-curricular, and diversity aspects of the plan on page seven. Here I would like to point out three major themes that emerged from the strategic planning process: 1) We want to develop an optimal college-prep curriculum for the 21st century. 2)  We want to help every student to succeed and flourish here. This includes helping every student reach his academic potential and also find a place in the Marquette High community. 3)  We want to keep an MUHS education accessible to qualified students from a broad range of economic backgrounds. In order to do this, we commit to keeping tuition increases moderate and also to dramatically increase our scholarship endowment so that we have a greater ability to give financial aid to families who need it in order to fulfill the dream of a Marquette High education. There was excellent involvement from all of our stakeholders in our strategic planning process, including an active role by our faculty, parents, and alumni. We now have a clear vision for the path ahead for the next five years – A.M.D.G., for the Greater Honor and Glory of God!

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Today East African provincial concelebrates World Hunger Mass By Kriss Schulz Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, SJ concelebrates the World Hunger Mass with Rev. Warren Sazama, SJ ’64 in November.

The Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, SJ, provincial of the East African Province of the Society of Jesus, concelebrated and spoke at Marquette High’s World Hunger Mass in November. The annual Mass brings together the entire student body and draws attention to world hunger. This year a special collection was organized by students. More than $4,000 was raised for African famine relief and will be donated to the Jesuit Relief Services located in East Africa. While news often focuses on the significant hardships facing the 230 million residents of Eastern Africa, (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan), Father Orobator made it a point to speak of the tremendous natural beauty and even more importantly, the beauty in the Eastern African people, who convey vitality, joy, faith, and hope in their daily lives. Born in Benin City, Nigeria, Father Orobator was appointed provincial in July 2009. In addition to being provincial, Father Orobator also lectures at Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the author of multiple articles and books, including Faith Doing Justice: A Manual for Social Analysis, Catholic Social Teachings and Social Justice and Theology Brewed in an African Pot. He edited the recently released book Reconciliation, Justice and Peace: The Second African Synod. Father Orobator was the keynote speaker at the 2010 Society of Christian Ethics conference, and writes and speaks on ethical and theological issues in Church, religion, and society in Africa.

Senior Follies – Ochocuatro More than 75 MUHS seniors participated in this year’s production of Senior Follies Ochocuatro, which is “84” in Spanish. In the production, the students portrayed faculty members as they helped new principal Jeff Monday ’84 ease into his new role of administrator and gain the respect of the community.

Jeff Monday ’84 (Colin Madigan) addresses the faculty and students.

Fine Arts faculty members Jane Powers (left, Ted Schelbe) and Randy Skowronski (right, Alec Entress ) give fashion advice to Jeff Monday ’84 (middle, Colin Madigan)


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Quetico wilderness retreat

By Rev. Mark Carr, SJ Under the direction of Rev. Mark Carr, SJ, and Mr. Chris Krall, SJ, six students – James Christian ’13, Alex Idarraga ’13, Bryce Krier ’12, Eddie Linn ’12, Michael Malucha ’13, and Max Roeske ’12 – let God work and speak in their lives during an eight-day retreat last July. Taking time away from their normal summer jobs and routines, these retreatants journeyed, not only spiritually, but also physically, as they paddled and portaged more than 70 miles through the Quetico Provincial Park (Ontario, Canada) which served as their “retreat house.” A typical day involved about six hours of canoeing – the first hour spent in silence – and five hours of prayer, Mass, reflection, journaling, and faith sharing. Mass was always at the center of the day, followed by lunch and another couple of hours of canoeing. A highlight of the retreat was the reconciliation service and all-night Eucharistic adoration under a clear sky on McEwen Lake. Over eight days, the six Hilltoppers embraced the silence of their surroundings in order to appreciate the deeds and words of God in their lives and the world around them. The words of former MUHS teacher, Rev. John Eagan, SJ, epitomize the group’s experience, “The best, most wonderful thing that can happen in this life is that you should be silent and let God work and speak.”

Michael Malucha ’12

MUHS students named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Students attend diversity conference in Denver

Thirteen seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Seamus Caragher, Joseph DeGuire, Conrad Kaminski, John Kegel, Jack Koppa, Alexander Lisak, Bradley Meilinger, Paul Otto, Michael Reardon, Nathaniel Rein, John Sanders, Edwin Schelble and Alexander Sprenger will continue on in the annual competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million.

In November, four MUHS students attended the National Jesuit High School Student Diversity Conference in Denver. Faculty members Jacki Black and Cynthia Blaze accompanied Eric Johnson ’12, representing the Diversity Club; Cesar Hernandez ’13 representing Orgullo Latino; Miguel Sanchez ’12 representing both the Diversity Club and Orgullo Latino; and Keith Bowman ’13 representing the Personal Responsible for Improvement Development Enhancement (PRIDE); to the three-day event. Students from Jesuit high schools across the country discussed diversity topics, which included bullying and promoting acceptance of others. They also participated in leadership workshops, brainstormed ways to promote dialogue, and shared current diversity practices within their institutions.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the title of merit scholar.

Math Club takes first at MSOE competition, MUHS meet The MUHS Math Club placed first out of 21 teams at the MSOE Math Competition in November. Michael Drakopoulos ’13, Ben Lowe ’13, Andrew Puck ’13, Jack Kegel ’12, Jack Koppa ’12, Keegan English ’12, Alex Sprenger ’12, and Joey DeGuire ’12 prevailed over teams from other area high schools including Arrowhead, Homestead, and Rufus King. In individual honors, Kegel finished first of all 158 participants. DeGuire and Lowe tied for second place and English and Drakopoulos tied for 10th place. In October, MUHS hosted a math meet attended by more than 300 students from nine area high schools and 19 middle schools. The Marquette High team, which consisted of DeGuire, Drakopoulos, English, Kegel, Lowe, and Puck took first place in the high school competition while St. Anthony on the Lake School in Pewaukee took first in the middle school division. Drakopoulos achieved a perfect score and placed first in the individual portion of the competition. De Guire and Tyler Nettesheim ’15 tied for fifth place. Preceding the awards ceremony, Stephen Slattery ’13 narrated a 15-minute presentation, Cube World Conundrums, with his classmate Drakopoulos. In all, 38 MUHS students participated in the meet. | 7

Jesuit Honor Society In October, members of the Jesuit Honor Society (JHS) sponsored a Homeroom Fair as a way of encouraging freshmen to get involved in the MUHS community. Joe Bartoletti ’12 and Joe Llaurado ’12 presented at a freshman assembly and explained the importance and benefits of joining a homeroom or club. The student-organized fair, a first of its kind at MUHS, provided freshmen the opportunity to talk with homeroom representatives and learn more about each group’s mission and activities. JHS members also organized a Halloween Party for students at St. Rose. 2011-12 JHS Members Besim Ademi Alex Ash John Barrett Justin Bautista Patrick Beiermeister Charles Bieser Thomas Boffeli David Bougie Alan Chavoya Ryan Coon David Demet Benjamin Derks Hilton Dresden Thomas Enright Alec Entress Nicholas Farrar-Foley Grant Flesner Samuel Giunta Joseph Greif Charles Gusho Kevin Hannigan Thomas Herrmann Charles Hoffman Troy Holland Francis (Cory) Hopp Benjamin Hushek Peter Hutz Alexander Idarraga Joseph Jarosz Eric Johnson John Kerschner Andrew Keuler Kienan Knight-Boehm Benjamin Kohler Alexander Lisak

Joseph Llaurado Benjamin Lowe Jack Lundeen Michael Malucha William McCloskey John McNabb Benjamin Mellin Aaron Miller Javier Mora Alexander Morrell J. Connor Muth Joseph Naughton Aatif Nowman Paul Otto Alexander Peterson Timothy Pyzyk Michael Reardon Nathanel Rein Sean Riley Robert Roenitz Maxwell Roeske John Sanders Thomas Schelble Ted Schelble Aakash Shah William Skalmoski Stephen Slattery Alexander Sprenger Nicholas Stephan Benjamin Teich John Teich Tyler Thur Jeffrey Wiltgen Thomas Zastrow Peter Zeidler

Principal’s Message Dear Friends, Much has changed since I attended Marquette High in the early 1980s. The school has updated academic and performing arts facilities, a beautiful chapel, expanded academic and co-curricular programs, and has a robust enrollment. However, a lot has remained the same such as generous benefactors, engaged alumni, dedicated faculty and staff, a rigorous learning environment, a strong Catholic identity, and a commitment to service and social justice. While MUHS enjoys tremendous success as Jeff Monday ’84 a Catholic school, our Board is committed to seeing that the school continues to improve and move ahead in meeting the challenges and demands of the 21st century. In that spirit, MUHS has launched its strategic plan, Building on Our Strength, which will serve as a guide for our next five years. The strategic plan addresses many goals and priorities in the areas of curriculum planning, co-curricular offerings, diversity, safe environment, buildings and grounds, and financial stability. Advancing the MUHS mission is one of the driving forces behind the plan’s goals and strategic actions. A hallmark of this mission and of Jesuit education is cura personalis, the care of the whole person. This approach to education provides a respectful, challenging, and caring environment for every student to thrive. Our mission emphasizes the development of the whole person – spiritually, emotionally, artistically, morally, and physically. Some of the goals in the strategic plan that embody cura personalis include: • Develop an optimal college-prep curriculum for the 21st century in all academic areas and enhance instructional practices to steer skill development of all students. • Establish academic success programs to address the learning support needs of students of all grade and ability levels. • Actively support student learning, success, balance, and well-being in academic and co-curricular programs by reaching out to students. • Maintain the fullness of the MUHS community by enhancing its cultural, racial, and socio-economic diversity. • Develop educational programs to address issues that can affect the safety and wellness of students. Our strategic plan sets a path to see that every student is cared for, flourishes, reaches his God-given potential, and finds a place in the MUHS community. This compassionate and caring approach is what defines the Marquette way. Please keep MUHS, its students and families in your prayers. May we work for the Greater Honor and Glory of God in all that we do.

Jeff R. Monday ’84 Principal


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Faculty Highlights

Chris Lese ’92, John Azpell ’96 join the faculty

Tom Noonan earns doctoral degree, other faculty members earn advanced degrees Assistant principal and social studies teacher Tom Noonan earned his doctoral degree in educational policy and leadership from Marquette University in December. His dissertation, Debating for success: Academic achievement, self-efficacy, civic empowerment and the Milwaukee Debate League, examines the ways in which students involved in a Milwaukee Urban Debate League – participating school have been affected by the experience. Through focusing on student voice, this research project investigates the ways in which Latino high school students manifest change in educationalrelated aptitude and effort, both within and beyond the classroom. Science faculty members Jamie Lemminger, Carl Kaiser, and Joe Meyer and Spanish teacher Emily Ripp earned master’s degrees in December.

Ten new teachers, seven full time and three part time, joined the MUHS faculty in August. Chris Lese ’92, a former Alumni Service Corps member and former teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Kenosha, is teaching in the Social Studies department. John Azpell ’96 is teaching chemistry and previously taught abroad in China, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia. Joe Meyer, a biology teacher, and Carl Kaiser, a chemistry teacher, have joined the Science department. The World Languages department added Emily Zaeske as a German teacher and Emily Ripp as a Spanish teacher. Andrew Lesperance and Brian Taber, SJ have joined the Theology department. Stacy Reddy is teaching part time in the Fine Arts department.

Sy Kreilein named distinguished educator

In November, faculty member Dr. Sy Kreilein was honored by the Wisconsin Association for Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT) with the organization’s Distinguished Language Educator award, the highest recognition bestowed by the group on an educator for demonstrating long-term achievement and service to WAFLT and to the education profession.

James “Luigi” Schmitt ’65 (left), a Milwaukee County supervisor, delivered a certificate of recognition to German teacher Sy Kreilein on behalf of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.

Kreilein joined the MUHS faculty in 1968 to teach German and since 1990 has coordinated a summer exchange program for students with Christoph-Scheiner High School in Ingolstadt, Germany. He has previously been honored for his teaching achievements by the National American Association of Teachers of German and Wisconsin Association of Teachers of German. In his free time, he enjoys leading discussion groups on Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and German history for Ensemble Musical Offering, Milwaukee’s Midwest Bande for Early Music.

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Seamus Caragher ’12 served as the student speaker and shared his MUHS experiences with event attendees.

Rev. Warren Sazama, SJ ’64 with Spirit of St. Ignatius winners (left to right) Steve and Kris Borkenhagen and Cathie Madden.

Madden, Borkenhagens honored at President’s Club Dinner

(Left to right) Sharon Pircon, Julie McBride and Mary Klotsche.

Helen Sheily (left) talking with Bob ’58 and Gail Leonhardt.

(Left to right) Sarah Steinle, Rev. Jim Flaherty, SJ ’74, Tim Steinle ’73, Norma Herbers

Alumni parents Cathie Madden and Kris and Steve Borkenhagen were honored in October at the President’s Club Dinner with the Spirit of St. Ignatius award, one of the highest honors bestowed by MUHS. The award recognizes an MUHS alumnus, parent or friend who exemplifies the ideals and qualities of St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus. Qualities include being religious, loving, committed to justice, and open to growth. In addition, Madden and the Borkenhagens were recognized for their volunteer contributions to Marquette High. Madden currently serves on the MUHS Board of Directors and the Strategic Plan Steering Committee and chairs the Academic/ Student Life Committee. She previously worked with former principal Rev. John Belmonte, SJ to create Evening Enrichment, a program dedicated to supporting students’ after-school studies. She also worked with a team of people to research student leadership development practices at MUHS. Madden also serves in the greater Milwaukee community as board member of LISC Milwaukee (Local Initiative Support Corporation), as a member of the Public Policy Forum’s Economic Committee, and as vice chair of the City of Milwaukee Housing Trust Fund. The Borkenhagens have been supportive of Topper Auction, co-chairing the 2010 event, serving on various auction committees, and co-chairing the Senior Follies auction party for four consecutive years. They have hosted class parties for other MUHS parents in their home. Kris has been active in the Mothers Guild and is currently the graduate student representative. The Borkenhagens are also active volunteers in their parish, St. Mary Catholic Faith Community in Hales Corners. They have served as leadership volunteers for their parish festival for 19 years and in other positions. Both were members of the Milwaukee Archdiocese fundraising committee Faith In Our Future. In addition, Steve is president of the Hales Corners Historical Society board and past president of the Friends of the Hales Corners Library Executive Committee.


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(Left to right) Roman Vassel ‘13, Zach Armstrong ‘13 and Gus DeMeulenanere ’14

By Noah Simmons ’13

Goalie Mark Kosobucki ’12 watches defender Quinn English block a goal in the state championship game against Kettle Moraine High School.

After losing 13 seniors – including Gatorade State Player of the Year, Alex Megna – from last year’s state championship team, Marquette High varsity soccer coach Steve Lawrence ’99 wondered how well this year’s team would mesh. As it turned out, the nine seniors, seven juniors and eight sophomores bonded pretty quickly. “They were on the same page from the beginning,” he says.

On its way to the state championship, the team outscored its opponents 105-14 for the season and posted one of the best records in school history, 24-0-1. The single tie kept the team from being ranked No. 1 on the ESPN Powerade Fab 50. “Our team gained lots of recognition this year, and it has been great,” says Joe Naughton ’12. “Although I believe that not until later will we be truly credited for our success.”

This is the team’s eighth state soccer championship in 12 years, and the third in the six years that Lawrence has been head coach. He admits that he is happy with how fast he has gotten up to speed himself. “To be honest, I don’t know what to expect,” he says. “As a former MUHS athlete, I knew what it took from a player’s standpoint to be successful. It was learning how to handle this from the coaching side and how long it would take that most concerned me.”


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Volleyball take state baseball and cross country finish strong

The MUHS varsity volleyball team also turned in a championship year, capturing its sixth state title in 10 years. After being swept by Catholic Memorial in the state finals last year, the Marquette High team knocked out CMH in the quarterfinals before sweeping Kaukana in the finals. “The loss in the finals last year helped fuel this team’s win this year,” says Peter Hutz ’12, who will play at Loyola University Chicago next year. During the season, the team posted a 46-4 record. Two of the team’s losses were at the St. Vital Invite in Winnipeg, both to Miles Macdonell Collegiate. After overcoming a 0-4 start, the varsity baseball team, under the direction of first-year coach Sal Bando, Jr., finished the season 25-10 and advanced to the state semifinals. The varsity cross-country team, despite losing a large number of graduating seniors last spring, earned a strong, top-five finish at the state meet.

Peter Hutz ’12

Hilltoppers work to tackle autism By Keith Klestinski

Tom Siwula ’13 (left) and John Misiewicz ’13 with guests of the Tackling Autism event. Photo courtesy of Beth Spelman.

In October, the MUHS football team and Easter Seals co-hosted Tackling Autism, an event held at Humphrey field which provided children with autism and their families a unique outing. Football players, coaches and Easter Seals staff members taught football skills and conducted drills for more than 70 children ranging in age from three to 17 years old. Linebacker and team captain Wyatt Veseth ’12 reflects on his experience. “The kids were smiling, the parents were smiling. I didn’t see one kid who was not having a great time,” he said. Receiver Sean Holinka ’12 noted, “Seeing these kids open up and make a connection through football was a great feeling.”

The camp was initially proposed by alumnus Tyler Krueger ’04, a former Hilltopper football player who works for Easter Seals as a behavior analyst. Krueger and head football coach Jeff Mazurczak ’82 saw the camp as a unique learning opportunity for his players. “This event allowed our athletes to understand that they are part of a community much larger than themselves,” said Mazurczak. “When I approached the team about it, they were energized and really put a lot of effort into it. I am very proud of how our team responded.”

Steve Lawrence ’99 receives national, local accolades

(Left to right) Troy Spielmann ’04, Bob Spielmann, Steve Lawrence ’99 and Steve Bode ’03 in Kansas City as Lawrence is recognized by NSCCA as Private School National Coach of the Year.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has named MUHS soccer coach Steve Lawrence ’99 Private School National Coach of the Year. He was also recognized as Coach of the Year for the Midwest Region. This annual honor recognizes high school soccer coaches in eight different regions who have a successful record for the season and meet a number of criteria including knowledge of the game, community involvement, conduct on the field, and rapport with players, coaches, and officials. He also was named the NSCAA Wisconsin Coach of the Year and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel All-Area Coach of the Year. This year, Lawrence led the soccer team to the WIAA state championship title and a near-perfect season with an overall record of 24-0-1. At the end of the season, the ESPNRise National Poll ranked the Hilltoppers third in the nation while the NSCAA Coaches Poll ranked the team fourth in the nation and first in the Midwest. Lawrence began his tenure as head soccer coach in 2006 and has achieved an overall record of 122-19-9 in his six years. Prior to coming to MUHS, Lawrence coached 11- to 14-year-olds on a Brookfield Soccer club team. As an MUHS student, he played under Coach Bob Speilman and was on the 1997 and 1998 state championship teams. His senior year in the state championship game he scored the game-winning penalty kick with five minutes remaining to lead his team to a 1–0 victory.

Steve Lawrence ‘99, photo courtesy of Jim Ninomiya.

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Noack Strength & Fitness Center, program receives national recognition By Noah Simmons ’13 Marquette High was among eight high schools nationwide selected from hundreds of eligible schools to receive the 2011 Strength of America Award, presented by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in conjunction with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. This award recognizes high schools that have demonstrated excellence in strength and conditioning programs. The Marquette High program earned a perfect score in each of four major categories: supervision, education, program and facilities. The NSCA application process at Marquette High was initiated

by Michael Duehring, performance and fitness director. Now in his 13th year at Marquette High, Duehring has been instrumental in the development of the program, strictly following the NSCA curriculum guidelines. “Many high schools have a part-time weight room supervisor; however what distinguishes Marquette High is our full-time staff and our comprehensive fitness and training programs. That’s really what the NSCA award is recognizing,” says Duehring. Andy Dick, a parttime fitness program and performance supervisor who has been with MUHS for three years, also works in the Noack Strength & Fitness Center and assists students and athletes achieve their fitness goals.

The MUHS fitness facility itself has undergone many changes over the years. MUHS received its first piece of work out equipment during the 1971-72 school year when the MH Club raised funds to purchase a Universal Gym, then housed in the third-floor gym. Dick Basham joined MUHS as a math teacher and the new head football coach in the fall of 1972 and wanted to create a dedicated work out space. He moved the equipment to a lower-level storage room, approximately 15 feet by 15 feet in size. Over the years, Basham added more equipment. When the room was too full, equipment was placed in the hallways outside the make-shift weight room.

With the 1994 expansion, the Noack Fitness Center, a 3,300-square-foot workout facility was created. The current space, a 4,500-square-foot modern facility, was designed and built in 2008 according to NSCA guidelines as part of the Continue the Mission capital campaign. “As far as the facility goes, it’s really got everything students need to reach their fitness or athletic goals. Our students are fortunate to have access to such a great facility and programming right here at school,” Duehring says.

Joe McAsey ’12

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Bas e b a l l Overall record 25-10 WIAA State Semifinals qualifier WIAA Sectional Champions WIAA Regional Champions Greater Metro Conference – 3rd place Greater Metro Conference All-Conference − 1st Team Nolan Peterson ’11 Nate Siudak ’11 Gino D’Amato ’11

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C r o ss C o unt r y WIAA State – 5th place WIAA Sectional Champions Greater Metro Conference – 2nd place All-State – 1st Team Joe McAsey ’12 Greater Metro Conference All-Conference −1st Team Joe McAsey ’12 Max Roeske ’12 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel All-Area − 1st Team Joe McAsey ’12


NSCAA Private School National Coach of the Year NSCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year Midwest Region Coach of the Year NSCAA Private School Wisconsin Coach of the Year Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Area Coach of the Year Steve Lawrence ’99 NSCAA Scholar All-American Milwaukee Journal Sentinel All-Area – 1st Team Logan Andryk ’12 Patrick Hodan ’12 High School All-American Game Patrick Hodan ’12 Joe Naughton ’12 NSCAA All-Midwest Region Team All-State – 1st Team Logan Andryk ’12 Patrick Hodan ’12 Joe Naughton ’12 Greater Metro Conference All-Conference − 1st Team Tyler Adams ’12 Logan Andryk ’12 Patrick Hodan ’12 Joe Naughton ’12

Overall record 7-3 Greater Metro Conference – 1st Place (tied)

NSCAA All-American Gatorade State Player of the Year State Player of the Year Greater Metro Conference Coach of the Year Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jeff Mazurczak ’82 All-Area Player of the Year Conference Player of the Year Greater Metro Conference WIAA State Tournament Record − 8 goals All-Conference − 1st Team Patrick Hodan ’12 Conor Cannon ’12 Cody Jaeger ’12 Alex Klestinski ’13 Volleyball Matt Misiewicz ’12 Overall record 46-3 Mark Spelman ’12 WIAA State Champions All-State – 1st Team Greater Metro Conference Champions Cody Jaeger ’12 All-State – 1st Team Mark Spelman ’12 Peter Hutz ’12 All-State – Honorable Mention Michael Schneck ’12 Matt Misiewicz ’12 All-State – 2nd Team All-State Associated Press Conrad Kaminski ’12 Mark Spelman ’12, 1st Team Conor Cannon ’12, 2nd Team All-State – Honorable Mention Keenan Fliss ’12 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel AJ Mueller ’13 All-Area − 1st Team Cody Jaeger ’12 Greater Metro Conference Mark Spelman ’12 All-Conference – 1st Team Peter Hutz ’12 Michael Schneck ’12 Conrad Kaminski ’12 S o cc e r Overall record 24-0-1 WIAA State Champions WIAA State Tournament Record (15 goals) Greater Metro Conference − 1st place ESPNRise National Poll – 3rd in nation NSCAA Coaches Poll – 4th in nation, 1st in region

Player of the Year Greater Metro Conference Michael Schneck ’12

Dare Ogunbowale ’12

Nolan Peterson ’11

In October, MUHS opened a new parking lot adjacent to Three Holy Companions Chapel. In addition to the 75 additional parking spots, a new green space was also added with attractive landscaping to provide students with a place to recreate. MUHS razed the Aldine Court apartment buildings in July to make way for these campus improvements. The rental property, which MUHS originally purchased in 2008 with Board approval and the help of MUHS supporters, was the last property on the contiguous space between 32nd and 35th Streets and Wisconsin Avenue and Michigan Street. MUHS, working in Volleyball collaboration with the Merrill Park and Avenues West Neighborhood Associations, assisted tenants with a list of rental properties in the neighborhood to help with their relocation.

Behind the SCENES


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By John Thimmesch ’77


reparing for Marquette High wasn’t easy for Terry Briscoe ’57. His parents moved constantly, “I think my father had a little gypsy in him,” says Briscoe. He attended nine different schools before entering MUHS. Although he had attended both public and Catholic schools in the past, Terry wasn’t prepared for the rigors of a collegepreparatory, Catholic education. “I was pretty smart at the public schools I attended, but when I got to Marquette High I was in the seventh homeroom,” he says. Prior to 1960, students were grouped into homerooms based on ability. The brightest, highest academically performing students were in the first homeroom and the lower performing students were in the higher numbered homerooms. “Marquette High changed me as a person, more so than my college years,” Briscoe says. “There is still that individual attention during those years and I was challenged to perform better than I ever had. I worked my way up to the fourth homeroom because of the academic challenges placed on me by my teachers.” He credits teachers like Father Crowley and Father Manhard for motivating him. “Father Manhard really challenged us to grow as men. He would say things like ’If I were the football coach, there would be no huddles – I would get on the PA and say we are running over the right side of the line and you better be ready to execute it,’” Terry recounts with a chuckle.

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be required” — St. Luke 12:48

Briscoe and his wife, Mary, were wed the summer following his graduation from Marquette University. He went to work for his father’s insurance agency but soon got the urge to branch out on his own. “My MUHS experience made me feel I should be setting my goals higher,” mentions Terry and he began to look for a niche to pursue in the insurance business. He soon found what would be the bread and butter of his career: long-term disability insurance for employees of public school districts. Things started slowly for him in Wisconsin but once he was able to expand into Minnesota, his business really took off. Today, National Insurance Services is well established with clients nationwide. Although he is still involved in the real estate deals of the business, he is retired from the day-today operations. This allows the Briscoes to spend more time their children and grandchildren. Briscoe said that he almost went bankrupt on at least two occasions. But thanks to God and hard work, he says, his company has become very successful – and he has been inspired to give back as is encouraged by the Bible. “Mary and I have identified several charities that we want to remember in our estate plans” Briscoe noted. They already created the Terry and Mary Briscoe Family Scholarship Fund at MUHS and they plan on adding to it through an estate gift. “I got into Marquette High by the skin of my teeth,” Briscoe says, “and it made all the difference in the world for my life. I was given much and I want this estate gift to Marquette High be my way of saying thank you.”

If you would like more information about endowed scholarship funds or planned giving, please contact John Thimmesch ’77, CFRE, vice president of development, at 414 933-7220 or


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Coach Paul Noack and Kevin Keyes ’86

Shared lessons By Victoria Temple Bonesho

“Leadership and teamwork matter more than individual accomplishment.” Coach Paul Noack

Marquette University High School provides all of its constituents with multiple opportunities to create memories—memories of shared classroom experiences, shared victories on the court and shared moments of faith and community. Most of those memories result because individuals willingly risk themselves to create relationships and ultimately participate in the real act of education. Education, both in and out of the classroom, requires a willingness to share ideas, strategies and dreams. At its best, the result is achievement, victory and the initiation of friendships that can be life changing. Such is the relationship that began in 1982 when teacher and student met to share lessons of friendship and commitment as each worked to become “men for others.” In 1982, Paul Noack served as athletic director and varsity basketball coach. Noack’s name has since become legendary in the state of Wisconsin, synonymous with a competitive

spirit and drive that is second to none. As a coach, Noack was known for his quick temper, his strategic direction on the court, and the way in which he drove his players to perform at their very best. In that same year, Kevin Keyes ’86 entered the halls of Marquette High determined to make his mark both in the classroom and on multiple courts. As a freshman, he played both basketball and tennis and became known among his peers as a young man who was absolutely driven to excellence.

Coach Paul Noack with his grandson Timothy Noack ’10

As a junior, Keyes was selected to play for Noack on his varsity team, a team that had already won multiple state titles, deemed by all high schools in the Milwaukee area

as the “team to beat.” Noack recalls the daily requests Keyes made to practice in the gym, with Keyes and his best pal, Chris Coffey asking permission to complete drills at 4:00 each afternoon, even in the off season. “Kevin worked very hard to become a good player and probably got yelled at more than any other player on the team,” Noack stated with a twinkle in his eye and spunk in his tone. “The fact that he was the point guard didn’t help. I usually yelled at him more than others.” One particularly memorable experience the two shared came in 1986, during Keyes’s senior year. During the regional finals against Thomas More, Keyes was fouled with Marquette High behind by one point and only a few minutes left in the game. Noack recalled with a smile that “if they were going to foul

“Taking the time to practice, focus and think about all the details and fundamentals ultimately add up to larger success.”

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Coach Paul Noack

in friendship anyone, it would have been Kevin—he had the worst freethrow percentage of the starting five players on the team!” But he furthered the story with a real sense of pride in his player. “Kevin made both free throws. He said before he went on the court, ’I worked too hard to get to this point. There’s no way I’m going to miss this.’” Keyes and the team went on to win the game and ultimately, the state championship. The pride in Noack’s voice in describing the event of 25 years ago was more than obvious. Keyes was still “one of his guys.” Given the relationship that quickly ensued between the coach and his player, Noack often attended Keyes’ tennis matches each spring. Keyes presented the same kind of competitive spirit on the tennis court, winning most of his matches. Following his graduation, Keyes attended Notre Dame, eventually earning his degree in business and economics. He also played on the varsity tennis team. Today, Keyes works in New York City at an investment firm. He lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey, with his wife, Karen and their three children, twin daughters, Kathleen and Cassie (11), and son, John (6). Noack continued his tenure at Marquette High, serving as athletic director, Conclave

moderator, chair of the Social Studies Department and teacher. During his teaching career, Noack visited Keyes in New York. Noack later used some of the information from the experience in his classroom by employing an exercise that encouraged students to invest in a stock market game. Their continued interest in economics and business is only one of the reasons why Noack and Keyes continue to maintain contact to this day. In recalling his relationship with Noack, Keyes suggested, “I think it’s safe to say that many of those whom he coached or taught remember a lot about the lessons he taught – his footprint is broad and bold. I remember many stories and events – probably as important is the fact that his influence goes beyond the sport or classroom. He was one of the first, great mentors for all of us at a critical time. He served as an example and an ongoing comparison for other mentors I personally have had after high school – he set the bar.” Noack retired in 2005 influencing thousands of young men with his message that, in the words of Keyes, “leadership and teamwork matter more than individual accomplishment.” Noack lives in Brookfield with his wife, Penny. He continues to enjoy the “sporting life.”

Noack plays tennis several times a week, bikes throughout the country and is an avid golfer. He travels throughout the year and particularly enjoys watching his grandchildren compete in a number of athletic activities. In gratitude and to continue Paul Noack’s legacy, Keyes initiated a partially endowed scholarship fund valued at $100,000 in Noack’s name. The intent of the endowment is to provide a full scholarship for a current Marquette High student. Keyes’s goal is to eventually have this endowment fully funded at $200,000 to continue the message taught by his mentor and coach. He wants other students to remember the message of Noack and the way in which he taught that it is important to do the “little things” right. Paul Noack taught Kevin Keyes the lesson that “taking the time to practice, focus and think about all the details and fundamentals ultimately add up to larger success.” The relationship that developed so many years ago continues to provide a benefit for all the members of the Marquette High “team.”

“His influence goes beyond the sport or classroom. He was one of the first, great mentors for all of us at a critical time… he set the bar.” Kevin Keyes, ’86


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Soup to Nuts Renovations in Cafeteria and Kitchen Deliver Fresh Space and Healthy Meals


tudents returned to school in the fall to find a newly renovated space to gather, socialize and eat. In just 12 weeks, a major renovation project transformed the kitchen, cafeteria and hallway, into the Hatch Kitchen and Cannon Commons. In addition, a new dining service company FLIK, a division of Compass Group, took over kitchen operations. The original kitchen, cafeteria, along with the current gymnasium and lower level locker rooms, were part of a major addition to the original 1925 building in 1961. No major renovations had been made to the cafeteria or kitchen since that time and most of the original kitchen equipment was still being used, including the freezer, cooler, stovetop and ovens. The renovation project was prompted by David Hatch ’68, whose life-time career in food service industry created a strong interest on his part for his alma mater to provide healthier, better tasting food

options to students. Hatch says, “There is undisputable research that shows nutrition provides a critical role in our emotional and physical well-being, and especially with developing children. Gone are the days of Type 1 cafeteria menus which consist of mystery meat and unknown vegetables.” Hatch’s offer to provide an in-kind donation for the kitchen design services, state-of-the-art kitchen equipment and a new serving line piqued the interest of others. Geralyn and Bill Cannon ’66 provided the lead gift to renovate the cafeteria portion of the project. Geralyn explains, “The project had a focused scope and it was very much needed as the current space had not improved in over 50 years.” Other current parents and alumni also graciously answered the call to transform the dining area. Mark Wimmer ’72, along with the school’s Building & Grounds Committee, provided much of the planning and vision of the project.

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Rev. Warren Sazama, SJ ’64, Bill ’66 and Geralyn Cannon and Tom Cannon ’64 at the dedication and blessing of the Cannon Commons.

The Mothers’ Guild sponsored the full wall mural that depicts Marquette High’s history, from its founding in 1857 through today.

The end result is a $1.5 million multi-purpose space that features state of-the-art food preparation equipment, air-conditioning, improved traffic flow, and enhanced aesthetics, including reclaimed cream city brick, wood blinds, floor to ceiling murals and rich wood trim. Bill says, “The project far exceeded our expectations. It has become a multi-use space infused with the pride and history of MUHS. We are grateful we could be part of this transformative change.” Hatch was also pleased with the results and says, “the most rewarding aspect of this gift was the finished project.” The donation of new kitchen equipment and upgrades allowed MUHS to hire FLIK whose philosophy embraces healthy food. Gone are the fried and processed foods which have been replaced with fresh foods prepared from scratch. A made-to-order sandwich and salad bar and hot entrées that introduce a variety of foods from around the

world have also been added to the offerings. Soft drinks have been eliminated so milk takes center stage in the beverage coolers. FLIK uses student input to develop its menus. On Tuesdays, students have the opportunity to sample new foods and if they give thumbs up, the items are added to the menu within the month. Student Conclave meets with the food service director and chef regularly to provide feedback gathered from the study body. Students have responded positively to the new space and food provider. Antonio Garcia ’15, who remembered the dated space from when he shadowed as an eighth-grader, says, “There is a more spacious and welcoming feel.” Ed Nunez ’14 says, “The new food service really shows how the administration is trying to meet the needs of the student body, which helps build community, a vital aspect of Marquette High.”

Becoming JSEA Recipients Tim Williams ’86, Joe Gietl ’02, Abe Pinon’01,


By Julie Felser

Tim Williams ’86

Tim Williams, Joe Gietl, and Abe Pinon each traveled a different path to arrive at MUHS. One heard an advertisement on the radio, another transferred in as a sophomore, and the other followed in his brother’s footsteps. While the beginning of their MUHS story is different, the ending is strikingly similar. They each received financial aid to attend MUHS, excelled academically and earned the respect of their classmates and teachers. Ultimately, they developed into “men for others” and received Marquette High’s most prestigious recognition, the Jesuit Secondary Education Association Award, an annual honor presented to the graduate(s) who mostly closely resembles the “grad at grad” ideal: a well-rounded person who seeks intellectual competence and is open to growth, religious, loving and committed to justice. Today, each has a legal career and continues to live his life as a role model for the Greater Glory of God.

Tim Williams’s ’86 journey to MUHS was different than most. He didn’t attend a Catholic grade school nor did he know anyone who attended Marquette High. Instead, he learned about MUHS one Saturday morning while lying on his bed listening to his favorite urban music station. He heard an ad for Marquette High, and his mother, who had heard the same ad in another room, asked him if he was interested in learning more about the school. “I was looking for something new and different and wanted to be academically challenged,” reflects Williams. He applied and arrived at MUHS in the fall of 1982. Previously enrolled in the gifted and talented programs at Fourth Street (now Golda Meir) Elementary School and at Rufus King Middle School, Williams adjusted well to the academic challenges his freshman year, however, he struggled socially. “I came from a secular school with a culturally diverse environment so it took some time to adjust to my new surroundings.” He went out for football his freshman year, but he sat on the bench for most of the season. Still, Williams was determined to meet the high expectations he set for himself and approached his studies and co-curricular activities with fervor and focus.

Tim Williams ’86, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

Good friend Eric Hudson ’85 remembers Williams as a driven, bright student. Hudson, who lives in Minneapolis and is the senior manager for season ticket sales and services for the Minnesota Twins, met Williams in Father Lawrence Kelly’s algebra class. “He always used to say to me ’I have to study harder than the next person because I may not catch things as quickly,’” Hudson recalls. “I would disagree with his assessment, but I admired his ability to address what he perceived to be a weakness. He always had a plan and he never wavered from his plan to be successful.” By sophomore year, Williams’s work ethic and achievements in the classroom and on the field were noticed by his classmates. Chris Wagner ’86, who played football with Williams, explains that Williams was well respected by his fellow Hilltoppers. “Tim led by example. He never looked for accolades for himself; instead, he worked hard and brought out the best in his teammates.” A surgeon working and living in Appleton, Wis., Wagner adds that Williams also has a fun, spirited side. “He has a great sense of humor. He knows how to work hard, yet still have fun.” Williams developed into a star player, eventually serving as co-captain of the varsity squad with Wagner, Matt Kaczmarek ’86 and Rick Buellesbach ’86 and leading his team to the 1985 state championship title. MUHS faculty member Terry Kelly says Williams was impressive in how he carried himself. “Tim never, and I mean never, let his athletic success go to his head. He was humble, considerate of others, would talk to anyone and everyone, freshmen loved him.” Williams eventually went on to accept a fulltuition, football scholarship to the University of Michigan.


menfor others His work ethic was evident beyond his studies and the football field. Coming from a working-class family, his mother, a nursing assistant who became a registered nurse the same year he graduated high school, and his father, a foundry worker, Williams worked in Marquette High’s work-study program as a condition of his financial aid. “I worked to pay for school and did so with great pride. It added to the overall experience and value of my MUHS education.” He reminisces about landing the coveted job of working lunches in the Jesuit residence dining room his senior year, which included the added bonus of a free lunch. As a senior, Williams became the inaugural JSEA award recipient. With a chuckle, he and Wagner both remember when they first heard of the award. They sat in the bleachers of Humphrey Gymnasium after a pep rally, listening to then-principal Larry Siewert ’59 share the qualifications for the award. Wagner leaned over to Williams and said, “That sounds like an award for the biggest suck-up.” Moments later after hearing his name called, Williams descended to the gym floor to accept his honor with a huge smile on his face. Wagner says, “I’m not sure how he made it down the bleacher stairs without falling, we both were laughing. However, I wasn’t surprised he won it.

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Williams attending the University of Michigan vs. Nebraska football game in November with his daughters Mary-Elizabeth (sitting on his lap) and Taylor, and his wife, Shoran.

There was no one more deserving of this recognition.” While Wagner wasn’t surprised, Williams was. “I didn’t think the faculty thought about me in that way,” reflects Williams. Today, Siewert says Williams was held in high regard by the MUHS community. “Tim impressed everyone − both teachers and students. He was very outgoing, bright, enthusiastic and caring,” says Siewert. Williams went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He eventually practiced law as a partner with the Atlanta office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, where he represented management in employment litigation matters. Today, he is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. a Fortune 500 food and pharmacy retailer with annual sales exceeding $7.2 billion. He and his wife Shoran, a lawyer and Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law graduate, live in Jacksonville, Fla., with their two daughters, Taylor (12) and Mary-Elizabeth (10). Wagner says, “Tim is a great family man, truly a man or others. I’m very l ucky to know him.”

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Joe Gietl, Loyola University Chicago law student and immigration paralegal at Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center

Joe Gietl, Loyola University Chicago law student and immigration paralegal at Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center. Joe Gietl ’02 (far left) helped to organize and lead the first Marquette University service trip to New Orleans in October 2005 to respond to the needs of Hurricane Katrina survivors.

A graduate of St. Bernard Catholic Grade School, Joe Gietl ’02 followed in his brothers’ footsteps and started out at Wauwatosa East High School. At the end of his freshman year, hismother encouraged him to join the Ulster Project. The cross-cultural, peace-building exchange program places Northern Ireland Protestant and Catholic teens with American host families to experience a different faith tradition and explore conflict resolution in a less stressful atmosphere. He was initially reluctant to participate in the program, but his mother persisted and today Gietl is glad she did. “It was an eye-opening experience. We had the opportunity to break down personal and societal stereotypes, put them aside and recognize our commonalities,” says Gietl. Reflecting on his meaningful summer experience and the new friendships he formed, he decided to transfer to Marquette High to start his sophomore year. Simon Mance ’02, one of Gietl’s Ulster Project friends and now an architect working in Washington, D.C., says, “I think Joe needed Marquette as much as Marquette needed Joe. I was so glad he transferred to MUHS so I could have a great friend share in my Marquette High experience.”

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ABE PINON ’01 Abe Pinon ’01, bankruptcy attorney at Peter Francis Geraci Law Abe Pinon ’01 with his bride Jessica Lindquist in August 2010.

As a student at Nativity Middle School, Abe Pinon ’01 was always eager to hear what his older brother Hugo ’98 was studying at Marquette High. On Friday nights, Abe would join Hugo, now an inside sales representative for Bearings Distributor Inc., and his friends to cheer on the Hilltoppers at weekly football games. So it seemed only natural that he would follow in his brother’s footsteps and attend MUHS. Abe says, “The special ambience and environment was something I knew I wanted to be a part of.” He also got a nudge from Larry Siewert ’59, director of graduates at Nativity. Siewert remembers the younger Pinon as “bright and eager,” and encouraged him to attend MUHS.

Pinon arrived at MUHS in the fall 1997. Having an older brother, he “knew the routine,” he says, and easily fit in socially. The college-preparatory curriculum, however, proved challenging. But through hard work, Pinon frequently earned a spot on Marquette High’s honor roll. Early on, he was also introduced to the hallmarks of a Marquette High, Jesuit education – the “grad at grad” qualities and developing into a “man for others.” While he quickly acclimated to the social scene and academic workload, Pinon was slower to accept the school’s tenets. Reflecting back on his first year, he says, “I was naïve as a freshman. I didn’t come from a privileged background and didn’t think helping others less fortunate than me would put myself in a better position.” Freshman Retreat was a turning point for Pinon. This retreat, along with his other MUHS experiences, helped him better understand Marquette High’s educational philosophies and develop a greater awareness of the world around him. He reflects, “It helped me understand what’s really important in life – the human connection and family. What you do is going to resonate forever.” As a result, Pinon set new goals for himself. Retired MUHS director of guidance Johanna Papin recalls, “Abe told me that one of his goals was to be a leader and he set out with a vengeance, learning how to be a leader. He attended three leadership camps the summer between his freshman and sophomore years. I think he spent more nights in a sleeping bag than in his own bed.”

Best friend Nate Semenak ’01, who is an economist for the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, explains explains, “Abe had a knack for knowing what he wanted to accomplish in life and being able to achieve it.” By the end of his senior year, Pinon was the president of the Orgullo Latino club, an MUHS Big Brother and a leader on both the Freshman and Kairos retreats. While leadership qualities were important to Pinon, community service became his priority and his passion. He completed approximately 2,400 hours of community service by the time he graduated high school. Semenak says, “Abe was always conscious of others…and participated in numerous service projects.” When he had completed his high school service requirements, he would volunteer at food pantries. Pinon reflects, “It’s so rewarding the feeling you get when you really connect with someone on the human level. There’s no substitute for it, it’s what got me hooked.” One of his most profound service experiences was in the Dominican Republic through the Somos Amigos trip. Having never previously traveled outside the state of Wisconsin, Pinon boarded a plane and headed 2,000 miles south for what he calls an eye-opening experience. “Up until this time, I thought I had a difficult childhood. But then I saw kids eating out of the trash. It blew my mind.” Father Terry Brennan, SJ traveled with Pinon for this trip and says, “He was invaluable for the program as a native speaker of Spanish. Everyone liked Abe a lot, he was humble and generous. He was a quiet leader from behind the scenes, quiet but steady.”

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At his high school commencement ceremony as he stood with the rest of the JSEA finalists, he was shocked to hear his name called. “I initially thought I was the runner-up, like in the Miss America pageants, they always call the runner-up first.” When he realized he had won, he was humbled by the award. “It’s a tremendous honor that the faculty thought I was what a graduate should look like.” Papin says Pinon was the perfect example of a man for others, “Abe is an example of the kind of young man we attempt to form at Marquette High. He is a leader who contributes his time and talent to build a better community at home, at school and in the wider community.”

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His community service work, along with his other academic credentials and co-curricular activities earned him a spot in the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholar program. As a result, he earned a full-tuition scholarship to Boston College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and minored in Spanish. Immediately after his graduation, he entered Marquette University Law School and earned his juris doctor in 2008, becoming the first Nativity Middle School alumnus to earn a professional degree.

Gietl began exploring his various interests and exercising his leadership abilities at MUHS. He remarks, “At Marquette High, you can be who you want to be. It’s a nurturing environment whether you are in the chess club or on the football team.” Gietl made the most of his MUHS experience. By the end of his senior year, he was a member of the Varsity Volleyball team, MUHS Chorus, Key Club, Prep Players, National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Celtic Club. He traveled to the Dominican Republic on the Somos Amigos trip. He served as an MUHS Big Brother, a Freshman Retreat leader, and Kairos Retreat rector. He received financial aid to attend MUHS and, as a result, was in the work-study program. And, he graduated with a cumulative GPA of 4.01. MUHS faculty member Father Terry Brennan, SJ, says, “More importantly, he was an all-around man for others. His heart was in the right place.” Friend, classmate and JSEA finalist Kyle Sweeney ’02, who is working in finance at a health care real estate investment trust in Chicago, adds, “He stood out in the way he treated everyone he interacted with. He always asked you how you were doing and left you with a smile on your face.” Faculty member Vicki Bonesho says, “Joe was a humble human being who always put others first.”

Today, he is a bankruptcy attorney for Peter Francis Geraci Law, a firm with more than 100 attorneys specializing in consumer bankruptcy law. Semenak shares, “A significant part of his motivation in wanting to become an attorney was to be able to help those who could not help themselves. He takes that same dedication to work every day.” Pinon continually receives high referral numbers from his clients. He says, “I grew up very poor. I know where these people are coming from, it set the foundation for my abilities to relate to them and make them feel comfortable.”

Gietl cherishes many of his MUHS experiences; however, it was his Somos Amigos service trip to the Dominican Republic that proved to be a turning point in his life. “It was my most formative experience at MUHS. It changed the whole direction of my life and is the reason for doing what I do even today.” Through this program, two faculty members and 10 students experienced poverty first hand. Gietl explains, “There was no electricity, no running water and many health issues. It was the first time I encountered poverty in a really scary way. It threw into question my lifestyle, how I acted and what became important to me. I saw with my own eyes the injustices the Dominican people face.”

He married his wife Jessica, an MU graduate and registered nurse at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in August 2010. The couple lives in Wauwatosa with their bulldog Kingston.

The group built outhouses, digging ninefoot-deep holes with sweat and shovels through sometimes impenetrable rocky soil. He reflects, “Our toil was only a brief taste of the hardship that village families were confronted with every day

of their lives.” Yet, he reflects fondly on the trip, especially the villagers and their generosity that deeply touched and influenced his life. “The people, despite their living in abject poverty, opened their homes to me, shared their food and their lives with me. I came back to MUHS having been emboldened to focus on relationships and to commit myself to sharing my talents with those living on the margins.” As a Burke Scholar, Gietl received a fulltuition scholarship to attend Marquette University in exchange for completing 400 hours of community service a year. The exercise in service and relationshipbuilding led Gietl to shake hands with U.S. senators during an internship in Washington, D.C., with women living in an AIDS shelter in Milwaukee, and with the homeless around Marquette’s campus. “Joe has a rare ability to connect with so many different kinds of people,” Mance says. In 2006, Gietl earned a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Latin American Studies. Since his Somos Amigos trip, he has looked for opportunities to return to Latin America and has done so five times, always making community service the priority of his travels. After graduation, he became an immigration paralegal at the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He later went to work for the Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice, assisting low-income, Spanish-speaking clients with housing and benefits issues. He returned to the Midwest and today works full time assisting immigrants and their families as a paralegal at Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago. Gietl received the 2010 Chicago Bar Foundation Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Scholarship and attends Loyola University Chicago School of Law part time in the evenings. He hopes to graduate in 2014 and continue his immigration-related public interest work as an attorney. He is engaged to be married to Claudia Zapata, a doctoral student at Northwestern University researching academic achievement outcomes among Latino students.



1950s Tom Schimmel ’54 is the author of One Simple Story and lives in Johns Creek, Ga.

1940s Bob Lauer ’43 and Don Groff ’44 organized a reunion luncheon in September for the classes of 1942 through 1945. More than 30 alumni attended along with Rev. Tom Caldwell, SJ ’43, Rev. Msgr. George Hastrich ’43, Jeff Mazurczak ’82, and Pat Foran ’78 who were involved with the afternoon’s program.

John Enright ’56 is a volunteer director and curator at North Point Lighthouse, located in Lake Park in Milwaukee. He also teaches about invasive species in Lake Michigan to students aboard the schooner Sailing Vessel Denis Sullivan at Discovery World. He lives in Grafton with his wife Ann.

William Wambach ’43 tied the National Masters Outdoor high jump record (age category 85–89) with a leap of 3'10". Tom Hinkes ’47 won the World Masters Athletics Championships pole vault title (age category 80-84), in Sacramento, Calif. He and his wife Sandy live in Argyle, Wis., during the summer and Sun City West, Ariz., during the winter. Tom Bross ’49 is a freelance travel writer and photographer specializing in European destinations and has contributed to a variety of travel guidebooks, such as Frommer’s and Fodor’s, and magazines, such as Global Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Afar and Recommend. He currently lives in Boston.

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John Enright ’56 on the Denis Sullivan at Discovery World museum in Milwaukee.

1960s Tom Owan ’61 retired in June 2010 after working in various engineering and management positions at Boeing/McDonnell Douglas for 45 years. He and his wife Martie live in Austin, Texas, and have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Richard Sem ’66 is founder of Sem Security Management and works as a security and workplace violence consultant serving a wide variety of industries. He has been married to Jane for 40 years and has two sons and two grandchildren. Stephen Hargarten ’67 is director of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Injury Research Center and associate dean of the Global Health Program. In October he was one of 65 doctors and scientists from across the nation elected to the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine. Jamie Kowalski ’67 is the recipient of the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management’s (AHRMM) 2011 George R. Gossett Leadership Award, the highest honor bestowed by the association to recognize an individual who has demonstrated an extraordinary level of leadership and professionalism, made significant contributions to AHRMM and advanced the healthcare supply chain. David Foti ’69 and Foti Chiropractic were recently featured in Wauwatosa Now.

1970s Patrick Cox ’72 is relocating to St. Petersburg, Fla. as the southeast sales manager for College Park Industries (CPI), a leading manufacturer of prosthetic feet based in Fraser, Mich. He has served as the midwest sales manager for CPI since July 2008. Richard Husty ’72 retired after 31 years of working for NASA contractors Lockheed Martin and United Space Alliance. He and his wife Charmin have relocated from Houston to Cocoa Beach, Fla. Robert Quinn ’75 retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Colonel and Director, Medical Support within the Air Force Medical Operating Agency. His retirement ceremony, held in July at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington Cemetery, was also attended by MUHS classmates Tom Casey ’75, John Kaiser ’75 and David Toy ’75.

Left to right: Tom Casey ’75, Robert Quinn ’75, John Kaiser ’75 and David Toy ’75.

The Class of ’41 held its 70th class reunion on July 14, 2011.


Gene Spitza ’77 is vice president of Jensen Construction. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife Cindy, two daughters, Rachel and Lauren, and Saint Bernard puppy Fannie. Mark Siettmann ’78 is the chief of staff for Missouri State Senator Will Kraus. He previously was a communications and political advisor for Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser.

1980s Rob Kroll ’83 is living at the Gonzaga College High School Jesuit community and working on his master’s degree in clinical psychology at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Va. He anticipates graduating and receiving a new assignment in May 2012. Robert Gassert ’86 works for Northrop Grumman and is designing the navigation system of an autonomous, tailless Navy aircraft that eventually will operate from the deck of an aircraft carrier. John Horning ’86 received the 2011 Realtor of the Year for Wisconsin Award at the National Association of Realtors Conference and Expo in Anaheim, Calif. in November. He is the executive vice president of Shorewest Realtors. Kevin Miller ’86 earned his doctoral degree in theology from Marquette University in May.

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William Brigden ’89 is vice president at J.P. Morgan in Chicago.

Al Sumner ’86 (left) with Nick Seidler ’86, assistant director of student activities at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Al Sumner ’86 received his master’s degree in engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. His thesis concerned mathematical modeling of a heat-treating apparatus he developed at a previous employer. Daniel Arakelian ’87 is president of Wedding Pro Japan, a wedding and party planning company. He and his wife Makiko live in Japan with their two daughters, fiveyear-old Megumi Grace and two-year-old Angela Rosalicia. Robert Beihoff ’87 has formed Beihoff Capital Management, LLC, a feebased firm specializing in both technical and fundamental analyses for high-net-worth individuals, estates, trusts and retirement plans. Eric Peterson ’88 was recently elected to the role of board chair at the International Spanish Language Academy, a K-6 international baccalaureate candidate full-Spanish-immersion charter school in Hopkins, Minn. He also founded Accordant Consulting, a business-to-business marketing and sales training and consulting company also located in Hopkins.

Chris Finn ’89 is a coach of the U.S. National Power Soccer Team, for people with physical disabilities using power wheelchairs. In November, Chris and the team won the 2011 World Cup in Paris, France. Vincent Woller ’89 has worked for the Milwaukee Police Department for 13 years. He and his wife Karen have three children: Isabel (12), Madeline (11), and Charlie (7).

1990s Colin Comer ’90 released his third book Shelby Cobra Fifty Years and was recently named by AutoWeek Magazine as a 2011 automotive industry Mover & Shaker, an honor that recognizes innovators and people doing things for the good of the automotive world. He married Cana Tinkle in October 2009. Brian Bies ’91 is a founding principal of Cortina Asset Management and manages the Cortina Small Cap Growth and SMID Growth strategies, specializing in stock selection in the industrial, telecom, commercial services, and financial sectors. David Siewert ’91 is vice president of regional development for HealthTeacher, Inc. He also serves as a board member for Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement (ABLE), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing alternative ways for people with print disabilities to read.

From left to right: Tom Parks ‘94, John Stollenwerk, Jr. ‘94 and Mark Fleming ‘94 at Fleming’s wedding in Chicago.

Andrew Sauter Sargent ’92 and his wife Jennifer are owners of Spirit Creek Farms, which specializes in traditionally handcrafting and fermenting organic vegetables grown in Northern Wisconsin. They and their three children live in Bayfield, Wis.

DJ Walker ’95 is a lab assistant with Viracor IBT Laboratories in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He played basketball at and graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with emphasis in finance and management.

James Stott Jr. ’92 works for NASA and directs safety and quality for the MARS project. He recently earned his doctoral degree in electrical engineering. He and his wife Anuschka live in Huntsville, Ala., with their three children: James (7), Ella (5) and Tony (2).

Joe Hamann ’96 recently moved back to Milwaukee to join Rexnord Industries at the Rexnord Innovation Center as a senior research and development engineer. His wife Jen recently joined the faculty at the UW– Milwaukee as an assistant professor in the biology department.

Brad Walker ’92 married Sonya Blanton in December 2010. He is the associate commissioner for operations/chief operating officer for the Ohio Valley Conference. He and Sonya live in Nashville, Tenn.

Khary Penebaker ’96 is a product manager with the company Metal-Era, a manufacturer of sheet metal solutions for roofing and commercial ventilation.

Joseph Schwab ’95 is a fellow in hip reconstruction at the Inselspital, Universitätsspital Bern in Switzerland. He will finish this one-year position in August 2012 and return to Milwaukee as assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, practicing out of Froedtert Hospital.

Bryan Davis ’97 is the head men’s soccer coach at Wright State University. He also serves as the director of the Elite Team Camp and the Elite Goalkeeper Academy. Paul Spitzmueller ’97 earned his second master’s degree in education in administration. He was recently named as co-coordinator for the immersion program at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, Calif.


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Jonathan Hackbarth ’00

Ben Schneider ’98 owns his own law firm, Schneider & Stone, with another partner in Skokie, Ill. He married Caryn Padowitz in 2009. Milan Gupta ’98 and Mike Juno ’98 were groomsmen. The couple welcomed their first child, Bella Rose Schneider, in April 2010 and their second child, Hailey Brynn Schneider, in October 2011. Brian Hong ’99 graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in May and has started his residency in general surgery at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. Michael Latsch ’99 is the program coordinator for Seeds for Success, a new initiative in Duluth, Minn., dedicated to providing transitional employment for those without much work experience, supporting neighborhood revitalization by planting gardens, and building a local food system for low-income Duluth residents. Christian Stilp ’99 married Rebecca Hefter in April 2009 in Madison, Wis. Both completed their doctorates in psychology last summer from UW–Madison and have started postdoctoral fellowships in Cleveland.

Jonathan Hackbarth ’00 has been appointed by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett ’72 to serve on the City of Milwaukee’s Standards and Appeals Commission, which rules on matters relative to city building codes, electrical licenses, and the use of new/alternative materials. He is an attorney with Quarles & Brady, practicing in the areas of general civil and commercial litigation. He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University. Michael Bernhard ’01 became a Certified Financial Analyst Charterholder. He is a senior analyst for U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC. Jeff Reinbold ’01 opened Milwaukee Sail Loft, a restaurant located on Milwaukee’s inner harbor in the Historic Third Ward. David Snopek ’01 is the co-founder and programmer of a water conservation venture called H20Score, which promotes water sustainability and empowers water users through the innovative use of data and community-building web and social media applications. Alex Hausladen ’02 is the assistant men’s basketball coach at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Nate Miller ’02 graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and earned his Master of Fine Arts in drama from The Julliard School. He recently appeared on an episode of The Good Wife. He has also been involved in film writing and acting in New York City. Christopher Poniewaz ’02 is in his sixth year of enlistment with the 128th Division of the Wisconsin Air National Guard Unit in Milwaukee. He was named the Most Physically Fit Airman in his class (more than 750 candidates), subsequent to basic training in San Antonio, Texas. Chris married Lori Ehlenfeldt in August 2010 and they live in New Berlin, Wis. He earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and economics. Eduardo Diaz ’03 is a sixth-grade teacher at St. Pius V Catholic Church and Elementary School in Chicago. Tony Basile ’03 recently passed the Colorado Bar Exam and is now working for a judge in the Denver District Court. In August, he married Abby Mackenzie, a Catholic grade-school teacher. They live in Denver. Steve Bode ’03 is a member of the men’s soccer coaching staff at Marquette University. The coaching staff was recently named Big East Coaching Staff of the Year after winning the Big East Blue Division, the first time in school history.

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Jonathan Klinger ’03 is completing his anesthesiology residency with Medical College of Wisconsin affiliated hospitals. He graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in May and from Marquette University, summa cum laude, in 2007. He is engaged to be married next summer. Robert Blankenheim ’04 has joined Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) at its corporate headquarters in Peoria, Ill. as a lead design engineer in the Piston, Ring and Liner Group and will be involved with the design, development and testing of all parts for CAT engines throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and India. Robert earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University in 2008. Matthew Sliker ’04 is a news producer at WISN TV 12 in Milwaukee. He recently won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and Northwest Broadcast News Association. Matt Duffey ’05 graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2010 and is an officer in the U.S. Navy Submarine Fleet. He married Kristin Matyas in October, and Rev. Doug Leonhardt, SJ ’56 officiated the wedding. They reside in Bremerton, Wash.

Chris Hallberg ’05 graduated from Marquette University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in premedicine. After graduation, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to return to El Salvador and continue his research associated with the Human Powered Nebulizer, a nebulizer compressor that is lowcost and doesn’t require electricity. He also works for Asthmapolis, a Madison-based company that conducts asthma research. He will move to Seattle next summer to attend medical school at the University of Washington. Tim Flaherty ’05 is an Alumni Service Corps volunteer at St. Louis University High School and is teaching global history. He graduated from UW– Milwaukee in 2010 with a double major in history and education. Matthew Lenski ’05 is a critical care nurse at Aurora Sinai in Milwaukee. He graduated from Valparaiso University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Robert Mueller ’05 works in commercial real estate development for HSI Properties. His recent projects include the new Junior Achievement Kohl’s Education Center in Milwaukee and The Enclave Luxury Apartments in Wauwatosa. He also serves on the MUHS Alumni Association Board. Paul Cunningham ’06 is a manufacturing engineer at GE Healthcare and lives in Milwaukee. He graduated in 2010 from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering.


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Tim Zellmer ’11, who attends St. Louis University and runs on the school’s cross country team, was named the Atlantic 10 Conference men’s crosscountry Rookie of the Week. To earn this honor, Zellmer led the Billikens at the Greater Louisville Classic, where he finished with a personal-best 8K time of 25:44.71.

Graffiti artwork completed in New York by Carlos Herrada ’10 and his brother Ivan ’12.

James Tynion ’06 is a creative writer for Socialistic, a digital marketing group. He works and lives in New York. Greg Herbers ’07 is an MUHS Alumni Service Corps member and teaches social studies. He recently earned a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from Boston College. Max Loos ’07 is an MUHS Alumni Service Corps member and teaches English. He recently earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Macalester College. Benjamin Newman ’07 was vested in the habit of the Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré in August 2011 at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, Wis., and is presently in Chicago for the first year of his novitiate.

Tyler Jones ’08

Michael Ordman ’07 is an MUHS Alumni Service Corps member and teaches math. He recently earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University. Nolan Wanecke ’07 is an MUHS Alumni Service Corps member and teaches theology. He recently earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and religion from Oberlin College. Tyler Jones ’08 was drafted in the 11th round of the 2011 first year minor league player draft by the Minnesota Twins. He has signed a contract and is represented by agent Stefano Bando ’98. B.A. Sillah ’08 is studying pre-med at Harvard University and completed a world tour this summer with the Krokodiloes, the university’s male a capella group. He was recently elected as one of eight class marshals for the class of 2012 and is responsible for the planning of senior activities, Class Day, graduation, and alumni activities. Kurtis Shepherd ’09 is a member of the UW– Madison rugby team and currently studying sociology. In August, the Badgers rugby team won the Big Ten 7s Tournament. Kurtis was the starting scrum half in the championship game against Penn State.

David Christian ’10 qualified and played in the U.S. Amateur Championship at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wis., in August. Christian is a pre-med student at Georgetown University and opted not to play college golf so he could concentrate on his studies. Carlos Herrada ’10 is an artist specializing in graffiti art. He and his brother Ivan Herrada ’12 recently completed artwork for 5Pointz, an outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca,” where aerosol artists from around the globe paint colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory building. Brian Carr ’11 is playing (first team) on the men’s soccer team at Macalester College. Jack McKinney ’11 won the Wisconsin State Golf Association Junior Championship in August. Playing golf for Maryville University in St. Louis, Mo., he also set the all-time Maryville single-round scoring record by firing a 64 at Aberdeen Golf Club in in West Boynton Beach, Fla., in the final round of the 2011 Maryville Fall Invitational.

Kurtis Shepherd ’09 (right) with UW–Madison Rugby teammates Adam Carlson (left) and Ben Knight (center) holding the Big Ten 7 Tournament championship trophy.

Alumni Mother’s Guild Mass and brunch, november 2011 Mothers of MUHS alumni from the ’80s through 2011 attended the annual Alumni Mother’s Guild Mass and brunch event.

Event attendees included Mike Tanty (left) and Karen Vernal.


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MUHS alums make history in African football game

Brock LaFace ’10 (pictured with ball) was the leading rusher in the Kilimanjaro Bowl game.

Nick Gral ’10 and Brock LaFace ’10 made history when they participated in the 2011 Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, the first American football game played on the continent of Africa. In May 2011, Gral and LaFace, members of the Drake University Bulldogs football team and former teammates on the 2009 MUHS state championship team, traveled to Moshi, Tanzania, to play the Mexican All-Star team CONADEIP. The Bulldogs won the game 21-17. LaFace reflects, “Participating in the first ever American football game on the continent was an unbelievable accomplishment in and of itself, but working with children in local orphanages and schools was the most powerful experience the trip had to offer.” Players from both private universities participated in service work in and around Moshi. The primary project was working with underprivileged children at the Kitaa Hope Orphanage in Moshi and helping build an addition to the orphanage. Both Gral, an accounting and marketing major, and LaFace, a marketing and business management major, were impacted by their community service experiences. Gral explains, “For the first


“It surprised me how much I thought of MUHS on this trip. Every day I would relate some aspect of the trip to what I learned at MUHS. I was able to put the teachings of MUHS into action, being a man for others and doing it all for the greater glory of God.” time, I truly understood the meaning of culture shock. Being immersed in such a poverty-stricken area really made me think about my priorities in life, what I take for granted and how I can better serve those who are less fortunate.” The trip was the vision of Drake head football coach Chris Creighton, who wanted to add a community service element. Gral explains, “His idea of the trip was that we would not only bring the game we love to those who have not had the opportunity to experience it, but to also give back. Personally I loved the giving back aspect because it was putting into action what I learned at MUHS, being a man for others.” The final phase of the trip consisted of coaches and players from both teams ascending Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,341 feet. Gral made it to the summit even though his memory of the climb is cloudy due to the altitude. Reflecting on his two weeks in Africa, Gral says, “The most rewarding aspect of the trip was being able to help the people of Tanzania. Don’t get me wrong, playing in a bowl game and summiting Kilimanjaro was fantastic; however, it didn’t compare to the feeling inside when you got to see a smile across the face of a poverty-stricken child who was desperately seeking that connection of compassion, love and hope. It’s priceless.” LaFace agrees, “It’s interesting to look back on the entire experience to see how all of the initial excitement surrounding the trip such as the football game and Mount Kilimanjaro eventually took a back seat to the interaction and relationships we had with the people of Tanzania.” LaFace and Gral believe their MUHS education help prepare them for this trip. Gral says, “It surprised me how much I thought of MUHS on this trip. Every day I would relate some aspect of the trip to what I learned at MUHS. I was able to put the teachings of MUHS into action, being a man for others and doing it all for the greater glory of God.”

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Nick Gral ’10 at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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(Photos courtesy of Jim Ninomiya.)

Alumni cross-country meet

Nearly 200 alumni and current MUHS students descended on Washington Park to participate in the annual cross-country meet. This year’s alumni beat the students by taking the top four places. After the race, participants enjoyed a cookout at MUHS. (Photos courtesy of Dan Erschen.)

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August 2011

Alumni basketball tournament

Alumni filled Humphrey Gymnasium the day after Christmas for the 31st Annual Alumni Basketball Tournament. The Class of 1999/2000 defeated the Class of 2007 to win the championship game.

Top: The 2011 Alumni Basketball Tournament champions (from left to right): Pat Duffy ’00, Mark Minessale ’99, Chris Carr ’99, Andy Bonk ’00, Mark Burkemper ’00, Steve Lawrence ’99, and Joe Minessale ’96 Brian Kemp ’99 is not pictured.

Tim O’Brien ’67 (second from left) came to cheer on his sons and son-in-law (from left to right) Sean O’Brien ’98, Sean Garczynski ’94, and Paddy O’Brien ’92. O’Brien’s grandson and aspiring Hilltopper Riley Garczynski also came to cheer on his uncles and dad.

Bottom: First row (left to right): Mike Hodan, Mike Von Rueden, John Austin and Joe Schlidt. Second row (left to right): Bob Reddin, Chris Johnson, Brendan Rowen, Dave Schnepp, Dan Reardon and Chris Ament

Top: Matt Callahan ’09 (blue shirt), Tim Kalmer ’00 (white shirt), and Alex Baumgartner ’11 (yellow shirt) Bottom: (From left to right) MUHS Alumni cross country runners: Sean Royer ’10, now runs on the UW–LaCrosse cross-country team; Bill Jones ’08, runs for Franciscan University of Steubenville; Jake Erschen ’10, runs for UW–Wisconsin; and Tim Zellmer ’10, runs for St. Louis University. Jim Kearney has served as head coach of the flying Hilltoppers for 30 years.

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Alumni hockey game

The eighth-annual alumni hockey tournament took place the day after Thanksgiving, just before the Hilltoppers’ home-opener against Germantown High School. More than 30 alumni took to the ice for some friendly competition before cheering on the varsity squad to victory. (Photos courtesy of Jim Ninomiya.)

Top: Members of the Class of 1970 and The Saturday JUG Band: (left to right) John Kornacki, Tom Cramer, Bill Becherer, John Caviale, Tom Ticcioni, Mike Staudacher, and John Shiely.

Bottom: MUHS alumni participants of the 2011 alumni hockey game at Eble Park in Brookfield, Wis.




The 2011 Marquette High Reunion Weekend kicked off with the All-Alumni Gathering at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee on Friday, July 16. The Saturday JUG Band, featuring alumni from the Class of 1970, made a guest appearance.

Top: (Left to right) Brian Sagadin ’07, Andrew Wallis ’10 and goalie Trent Rafaelli ’04

Andy Mandel ’96, a graphic designer with ABM Studios, designs a commemorative T-shirt each year for the alumni hockey game.


Bottom: David Krill ’60 (left) and Mary Ellen and Fred Muth ’56

Tom Ticcioni ’70

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Topper Auction........................................... Saturday, March 31 TopperLinks ...............................................Wednesday, April 18 Academy Mass & Dinner................................ Monday, May 14 MUHS Golf Invite..........................................Thursday, June 21 All-Alumni Gathering (Reunion Weekend)......... Friday, July 20

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Weddings Kim Dalgleish & Kevin Miller ’86, May 16, 2009 Cana Tinkle & Colin Comer ’90, October 10, 2009

(From left to right) Marty Cherwin ’03, Kyle McCarragher ’09, Kelly McCarthy, Brady McCarragher ’03, Phil McCarragher ’06 and Tim Russell ’03

Sonya Blanton & Brad Walker ’92, December 11, 2010 Ginger Hancock & Mark Fleming ’94, November 12, 2011 Eleanor Perry-Smith & Kevin Janowiak ’98, August 20, 2011 Caryn Padowitz & Ben Schneider ’98, May 24, 2009 Lori Ehlenfeldt & Christopher Poniewaz ’02, August 21, 2010 Abby Mackenzie & Tony Basile ’03, August 6, 2011 Kelly McCarthy & Brady McCarragher ’03, May 29, 2010 Teresa Kaszmarek & Tim Janusz ’04, August 13, 2011 Kristin Matyas & Matt Duffey ’05, October 22, 2011 Corey Hitchcock & Alex Lavold ’05, March 12, 2011

Rev. Doug Leonhardt, SJ ‘56 officiates the wedding of Kristin Matyas and Matt Duffey ‘05. Kristin Matyas and Matt Duffey ’05

Cana Tinkle and Colin Comer ’90

Brad Walker ’92 and Sonya Blanton Lori Ehlenfeldt and Chris Poniewaz ’02

MUHS alumni at Tony Basile ’03 and Abby Mackenzie’s wedding in August. Front row, left to right: Tip Kress ’03, Scott Detrow ’03, Tim Makal ’74, Peter Nurre ’03 and Elliot Wolters ’02. Back row, left to right: Michael Lueger ’03, Matthew Hong ’03, Michael Flaherty ’03, Tony Basile ’03, Tim Flaherty ’05, Joe Schmidt ’03, William Mackenzie ’04, Tim Boston ’03, Richard Sheridan ’68 and Ben Skubal ’95


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May They Rest in Peace We extend our sincerest sympathy to the families of the alumni listed here and to any alumni who have lost a loved one.

Tony Basile ’03 and Abby Mackenzie

Anna and Mark Lavold, Corey Hitchcock, Alex Lavold ’05, Allison (nee Lavold) and Tom Stettner

MUHS alumni at Tim Janusz ’04 and Teresa Kaszmarek’s wedding at the Wisconsin Club in August. Left to right: Kevin Duffey ’04, Mike Boyle ’04, Jake Steinle ’04, Kyle Konieczka ’04, Rev. Mark Carr, SJ, Tim Janusz ’04, Tim Fuchs ’04, Tighe Walczak ’04, JJ Pauly ’04

Robert W. Dean ’33 – November 11, 2008 Norman S. Jaques ’36 – May 3, 2011 Frank J. Ladky ’38 – November 23, 2011 Donald A. Pabst ’38 – November 30, 2011 Joseph C. Kowalsky ’39 – June 24, 2011 Charles F. Litzau ’39 – September 10, 2010 Thomas White ’40 – August 2, 2011 James J. Bonifas ’41 – August 30, 2011 Urban C. Jonas ’41 – December 14, 2011 Gregory C. Dawicki ’42 – November 21, 2011 Thomas G. Williams ’42 – October 2, 2011 F. William Gutzwiller ’44 – November 28, 2011 Raymond E. Bieser ’45 – November 18, 2011 John F. Bonness ’46 – November 19, 2011 Frank E. Price ’46 – October 29, 2011 John W. Becker ’47 – September 21, 2011 James L. Coffey ’47 – June 30, 2011 Gerald J. Kramschuster ’47 – October 5, 2011 Joseph J. Lotharius ’47 – August 30, 2011 Harry E. Pokorny ’47 – October 24, 2011 Marshall L. Stone ’47 – December 25, 2011 Francis P. Daleiden ’48 – November 24, 2011 Jack J. Hosch ’48 – September 20, 2009 Henry E. McMahon ’48 – December 23, 2011 William O. Schoshinski ’48 – August 24, 2011 Dennis A. Zagorski ’49 – October 14, 2011 David J. Cannon ’51 – July 26, 2011 Tomas J. Glass ’51 – August 4, 2011 John J. Van Beckum ’52 – October 13, 2011 Phillip R. Girard ’52 – September 28, 2011 Jerry J. Donohue ’53 – December 7, 2011 Charles P. Komp ’54 – November 29, 2010 Dennis M. Mongan ’55 – July 28, 2011 James D. Murphy ’55 – October 7, 2011 Leo M. Peters ’55 – July 11, 2011 Philip J. Westley ’55 – May 26, 2011 John P. Klose ’56 – November 2, 2011 Paul J. Smith ’56 – November 14, 2011 Donald J. Siewert ’57 – December 20, 2011 Thomas W. Byrnes ’58 – July 29, 2011 Ronald R. Raddatz ’58 – October 8, 2011 Thomas J. McCormick ’61 – July 2, 2011 James A. Mackin ’61 – August 28, 2011 Gary L. Reiton ’61 – July 15, 2011 Frederick J. Pascoe ’62 – June 9, 2011 John A. Geiger ’63 – August 9, 2011 Stephen J. Nyers ’63 – August 27, 2011 Paul E. Chovanec ’66 – December 4, 2011 Terrence P. Gillick ’67 – June 22, 2008 James R. Lance ’68 – June 5, 2008 Michael J. Bartowitz ’74 – July 31, 2011 Michael A. Darnick ’78 – November 30, 2011 Timothy J. Revane ’78 – August 5, 2011 David J. DeGrace ’79 – October 30, 2011 Derrick V. Lewis ’80 – July 9, 2011 Matthew T. Lipscomb ’83 – November 4, 2011 Edward A. Kluth ’86 – July 7, 2011 Mark R. LaFond ’86 – December 7, 2011


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Milestones Births Alyson & Chad Stepke ’89 Charles Stepke – October 31, 2011 Natalie & Kurt Baumgartner ’91 Delaney Margot Baumgartner – May 7, 2011 Heather & Rick Boemer ’93 Maya Nicole Boemer – October 3, 2011 Jill & Jeff Galecke ’93 Andrew Mace Galecke – October 6, 2010 Melissa & Joe Cavanaugh ’95 Liam Andrew Cavanaugh – September 22, 2011 Caryn & Ben Schneider ’98 Bella Rose Schneider – April 6, 2010 Hailey Brynn Schneider – October 24, 2011 Jen & Dave Archibald ’99 Matthew Joseph Archibald – September 25, 2011 Whitney & Josh Morales ’00 Caleb Joshua Morales – October 13, 2011 Laura & Joe Schmidt ’03 Karalyn Jane Schmidt – October 19, 2011 Karalyn Schmidt

The Archibald family (left to right): Jen, Matthew, Timothy and Dave ’99

Liam Cavanaugh

Jeff Galecke ‘93 and Andrew



The “new” cafeteria, along with the Humphrey gymnasium, debut in 1961 as an addition to the 1925 building.



Ask any Hilltopper his favorite time of day and he’ll likely reply, ”lunch!” Throughout the years, guys have headed downstairs to grab a bite to eat and, in turn, have built the foundation for friendships that last a lifetime. As of August, that special lunchtime fellowship has been taking place in a completely renovated gathering space in the lower level. The out-dated kitchen and cafeteria were modernized with architectural enhancements, air-conditioning, and state-of-the-art foodpreparation equipment. The lively conversation and camaraderie remain.

Photographed in 1934, the original cafeteria of the 1925 building was located at the west end of the lower level. The space today serves as storage and maintenance rooms.

Keyjuan Simond ’14 grabs lunch from the new serving line. Equipment updates in the Hatch Kitchen allow new foodservice provider FLIK to provide healthy food options along with teen favorites like pizza, hamburgers and french fries. Photo courtesy of MUHS faculty member Peter Beck. An additional 750 square feet was added to the dining area by eliminating the snack shack and the hallway to the west. Photo courtesy of MUHS faculty member Peter Beck.

Students gather in the cafeteria for Freshmen Night in November 1934. Marquette university High school 3401 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53208

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